Britain’s Spending Secrets was huge success in the UK and the formula now continues with Anne Robinson as the engaging host as she takes viewers into the lives of a range of larger-than-life characters. Britain’s Secrets with Anne Robinson – a four-part series – starts on ITV Choice (DStv 123) on Sunday, 16 July at 7pm.
The broadcaster examines different aspects of 21st-century Britain to find out how the nation’s citizens choose to live their lives, beginning with parenting. There has never been so much choice, advice and criticism on the way children should be brought up, so Anne sets out to get under the skin of some of the radically different approaches, from an attachment mother who breastfeeds her toddlers and home schools her children, to a career mum who misses out on some of the most significant moments in her children’s lives.
As we know from her previous series, Anne Robinson prides herself on asking the unaskable. “Would you call yourself an obedient wife?” she asks one mother in this light-footed look at different parenting styles. The reply: “I find real freedom in submitting to him [my husband].” Later, she asks the editor of Elle to mark herself out of 10 as a mother.
Sharing personal experiences
Spending time with very different mums and dads who are each convinced their way is best, Robinson throws their extremities into relief – and shares a few of her own experiences, including how her daughter Emma was taken from her by court order at the age of two.
In other episodes, Robinson deals with pet owners including a socialite with a love of horses and a homeless dog-owner, as well as a woman whose rabbits helped her through her divorce; and she explores body image among the younger generation, investigating whether they are under more pressure to look good than ever before.
She meets make-up addicts who spend more time getting ready for a night out than on the night itself, a couple of gym obsessives in pursuit of social media followers and a young man going under the knife in the hope that one day he will be ‘perfect’. She also meets some people who could not care less about how they look – including naturists happy to let it all hang out, and a young comedian speaking out against body shaming – and asks outspoken actress Miriam Margoyles for her thoughts on the subject.
What: Britain’s Secrets with Anne Robinson
Where and when: ITV Choice (DStv 123) from Sunday, 16 July 7pm